Thursday, July 15, 2021

'At least we have a start': Hempfield school board defends choice to hire conservative law firm to craft athletics policy

LGBT advocates expressed disappointment Wednesday after the Hempfield school board on Tuesday night decided not to take a stance on whether to allow transgender athletes to compete with the teams that match their gender identities.

During a meeting Tuesday night that lasted more than six hours, the board retained the Independence Law Center, a conservative, Harrisburg-based law firm, to assist the administration with producing a policy around student athletic participation. More than 300 people attended the meeting, and about 80 residents — some supporting transgender student-athletes, some opposed to inclusion mainly in the name of competitive fairness — made public comments to the board.


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